Morton College student charged with possessing weapons on school property

Morton College student charged with possessing weapons on school property
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Morton College student charged with possessing weapons on school property

Anthony A. Guban, 24, was charged Friday with Felony unlawful use of a weapon in violation of the “Conceal Carry Act,” by bringing weapons onto school property while attending class.

A witness notified police on Thursday, Nov. 14 around 3 pm, that weapons were visible in a car that was parked in the Morton College parking lot at 39th and Central Avenue in Cicero. The vehicle, a black late model Lexus SUV, is registered to Guban.

Guban, who is from Berwyn, was in class Thursday when police arrested him. Guban acknowledged he had left the weapons in his car while he was attending classes. After a thorough investigation, Cicero Police investigators concluded they do not believe Guban had any intentions to commit violence against the students or the public.

Anthony Guban, charged with Felony unlawful use of a weapon in violation of the “Conceal Carry Act,” by bringing weapons onto school property while attending class, according to Cicero Police Nov. 17, 2019

Anthony Guban, charged with Felony unlawful use of a weapon in violation of the “Conceal Carry Act,” by bringing weapons onto school property while attending class, according to Cicero Police Nov. 17, 2019

Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada said two pistols were visible to passersby in plain view inside the vehicle. Police discovered a total of four semi-automatic pistols with loaded magazines attached in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, and two semi-automatic rifles with loaded magazines in the rear trunk area of the SUV.

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“We take this very serious, especially given violent incidents that have taken place in other cities around the country, “Chlada said.

“But given the evidence and witness statements and statements from the suspect, we do not believe that there was any intent to harm other students or members of the public.”

Detectives later searched Guban’s home, with the consent of his mother, and discovered an even larger cache of 13 more weapons including rifles, handguns, and carbines (most loaded) along with over 3,000 rounds of ammunition and various weapon accessories.

Guban has a valid Conceal Carry license and a valid FOID card.

The FBI is assisting Cicero PD in any way requested & seeking mental health assistance options for Guban through the expertise of NAMI personnel. Guban appeared in bond court Sunday and was denied bond. He is being held in Cook County Jail.

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